The MBA class of 2014 will include 391 of a record 1,038 applicants to The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, a national coalition of top U.S. business schools and corporations and the leading advocate for diversity and inclusion in American business.
This year, member schools have also awarded $20 million in full-tuition, merit-based fellowships to 234 of the new MBA candidates, bringing to more than $250 million the total amount The Consortium has awarded since its 1966 founding.
“Diversity is not a minority problem; it is an American opportunity,” says the organization’s CEO, Peter Aranda. “The Consortium is proud of its success in increasing the pipeline of multicultural and other executives committed to diversity. But we want to do more than level the playing field. We want to awaken business leaders to the role our graduates can play in helping companies survive, and thrive, in an increasingly multicultural marketplace.”
A key benefit that comes with admission to The Consortium’s member schools is access to the organization’s 6,500-person-plus alumni network and, for new students, virtually all-expenses-paid participation in the 46th Annual Orientation Program & Career Forum, currently underway in Minneapolis.
The conference offers new MBA candidates the chance to meet executives from The Consortium’s corporate partners well before the “official” recruiting season starts in the fall. The gathering also gives those executives early access to this talented pool of prospective employees.
Without ever having set foot on campus, incoming students can interview for, and possibly walk away with, summer jobs for 2013 that may lead to full-time positions after graduation in 2014.
Paul Danos, dean of Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business and chairperson of The Consortium’s board of trustees, says, “We have seen first-hand the tremendous impact that The Consortium has had on the Tuck community, as well as on the broader business community. We congratulate The Consortium on its continued success.”